Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk
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Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
High flying Manchester City is welcoming Shakhtar Donetsk at their Etihad stadium, and they hope to win this clash and secure the knockout stage of the Champions League. The Ukrainian team is one of the few clubs which managed to defeat the Citizens in the past two years, and they hope to repeat such a success this Wednesday.
With six points, Man City is first in the Group F, with one loss and two wins. The six is the number of goals they scored against Southampton in the last Premiership match played this Sunday, 6:1. Shakhtar, meanwhile, has two draws and one defeat in the Champions League and is third in the assembly. The Miners defeated Dynamo Kyiv in the big derby this Saturday, boosting the morale before this clash.
The Citizens have five wins in a row, and 10 consecutive matches in which they haven’t lost. Since they played against Liverpool, Guardiola’s team scored 17 goals and allowed one, and that was against the Saints in the latest event. Now, during those 10 games, City kept clean sheets eight times. We already wrote about the fact that nobody recognizes how good they are defensively, and the majority of both pundits and fans are labeling them as the greatest attacking team in the past few years. When examining the matches at home, the sky-blues are superb after that shock when they lost to Lyon, 1:2. Since then, they have four wins and 15:1 goal difference. So we can say that Guardiola and his troops pretty much reached their usual form.
The Miners are also in solid shape, and winning against Dynamo backs up that claim. It was their third straight win, and apart from losing against Man City two weeks ago, Fonseca’s side didn’t felt the bitter taste of defeat since late August. In the last six road trips, Shakhtar has five wins and only one draw, and the majority of those games ended with over 2.5 goals. As usual, regardless of the opponent, the Ukrainian team likes to play offensive since they have fantastic attacking potential. It is why this club is one of the most frequent among the punters when betting on high efficiency.
Latest Team News
Kevin De Bryne’s comeback was short-breathed. The Belgian international once again injured his ligaments, and he will be off the field for some six weeks. Claudio Bravo is also sidelined, and the Chilean goalkeeper will not be around at least until February.
The first match of these clubs had been seen two weeks earlier, and Real won that one with 2:1. Although, we need to add that they did struggle at the end when they defended and kept the lead. Ilkay Gundogan, Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi are all questionable. But they should be in the protocol for the upcoming event. Marlos and Ivan Ordets are the only two players at the moment, which are not going to play in England.
Odds and Predictions
Well, we are pretty sure that you know who is the favorite here. Man City’s win is 1.11, with a tendency to go down. A draw is 11, and Shakhtar’s victory is 26.
Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk | Top Betting Tip: Manchester City (3-1)
With the current state of their players and with the morale in the locker room, we are quite positive that Man City is going to score at least three goals. Simply, they have entered a period in which they demolish all of the opponents. If you think that Guardiola’s rotation is going to change anything, you couldn’t be more wrong. We would also recommend betting on high efficiency. For example over 3.5 goals in the whole match, and for you braver punters, over 1.5 goals HT. That is something often seen in this matchup because both sides play attacking football. So, combine City’s win and many scores, and that should be profitable in the end. We are concluding this text with a final prediction, Manchester City – Shakhtar Donetsk 3:1.